It is summer in Seattle and we have been enjoying it! Finally!! It's sunny and lovely and all the windows are open and I LOVE it. I have been taking my Spring Sampler along with me whenever I go outside with the boys, and I'll be sharing my progress on that soon for all our friends who are stitching along. Indoor sewing and crafting have slowed down quite a bit, but I do have a finished project to share with you!
Benjamin finished his first year (or, really, few months) of preschool a couple of weeks ago. We loved his new school and his teachers so much that I wanted to make little thank you end-of-year gifts for them. I decided to make roll-up tote bags since they are very usable and can showcase some lovely fabrics.
These are similar in concept to the Rume bag I take everywhere with me (it fits in the pocket of my Ergo, in the back pocket of my jeans or in the bottom of my purse -- I love it!).
My Rume bag rocks but the velcro strap to roll it up bugs me. It's cumbersome and inconvenient. I knew I wanted to simplify the process and decided on an elastic loop. I also wanted to make these bags unique and chose a combination of linen (I'm obsessed, I know) and a fun print for each bag. The lining is a contrasting print and the bag is fully reversible. Here's the inside of the bags, and then the bags rolled up:
I drew instructions to include with the tote bags:
Here's the gist of how to roll 'em up:
The 2 teachers and 2 teachers' assistants each got a bag, a handmade card by/from Ben, and a yummy chocolate bar. Ben selected which bag went to whom -- not what I would have chosen, but I like that he had a say in it. He was very decisive, too.
I didn't use a pattern or tutorial for these tote bags. It is a very straightforward project, and similar in some ways to pouches and purses I've made in the past. So I thought a little about the construction, and briefly outlined my measurements and process before diving in. It was a pretty non-eventful project -- which is how I like them!
I didn't look up "roll up tote bag tutorial" until now, and I just found several good ones! It's funny to see how similar all our bags look. Check out these lovely tutorials from Zaaberry, Silly Pearl, and 2 bags from our friend Kate at Needle & Spatula!
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